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Friday, 01 June 2012 01:10

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Check Out the Dishes at Pulpo in Cleveland Park

Written by By Jessica Voelker, Washingtonian

Dino Tapper and his partner, Mike Finkelstein, are old friends—they both attended high school at Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Restaurants are in Tapper's blood—he bought Floriana, his Dupont Italian eatery, from his mother, and says that back in the ’70s his father ran an Italian restaurant in the space that currently houses Sorriso at 3518 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. Just down the block and across the street is Pulpo, Tapper and Finkelstein’s new tapas restaurant in the former Cleveland Park Tackle Box. . .

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Thursday, 21 June 2012 21:01

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Happy Hour Alert: Pulpo Is Now Serving Alcohol

Written by By Jessica Voelker, Washingtonian

Cleveland Park tapas spot Pulpo (3407 Connecticut Ave., NW) opened for dinner a few weeks back, but at the time had not yet secured its all-important liquor license. We can say with certainty, however, that the restaurant in the former Tackle Box space is now serving beer, wine, and cocktails. Co-owner Mike Finkelstein designed the menu of mixed drinks. The best we've tried so far is the Cuba Libre Deconstruido. . .

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Friday, 10 January 2014 23:47

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MVT: Alba Osteria Welcomes the Community

Written by Staff, BadWolf DC

This evening [January 10] The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID) and Alba Osteria hosted a Neighborhood Welcome Night. Chef Roberto Donna was on hand to make sure that the  small bites were at their best as the restaurant put on an open evening for its new neighbors and surrounding community.

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Monday, 13 January 2014 23:32

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Alba Osteria opens in Mount Vernon Triangle

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

Among the marvels for the chef de cuisine at Alba Osteria is the openess of her audience in Mount Vernon Triangle. “Nobody blinks an eye” at the tripe soup or veal tongue on the Piedmont-inspired menu, says Amy Brandwein, formerly of the shuttered Casa Nonna downtown.  The chef is temporarily reuniting at Alba with Roberto Donna, with whom she last cooked six years ago at the late Galileo downtown. . .

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Friday, 10 January 2014 23:27

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Alba Osteria: A Welcome Addition to Mount Vernon Square

Written by By Sery Kim, NBCWashington.com

In a welcome departure from the whiplash-inducing openings of new restaurants on 14th Street, the residents of Mount Vernon Square have lucked themselves into harboring Alba Osteria, the best new Italian restaurant in the district. Right off Massachusetts Avenue at 425 I Street NW, Alba Osteria features an interior that's any modern architect's delight. Floor-to-ceiling windows, interesting metal fixtures and crisp lines add brightness to the warm glow of the large pizza oven anchoring the restaurant . . .

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Monday, 16 December 2013 23:20

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A first look at Alba Osteria, opening December 30

Written by By Maura Judkis, The Washington Post

Tom Sietsema got the first word on Alba Osteria, chef Roberto Donna's newest restaurant near Mount Vernon Square, one month ago. Now that the paper over the windows has come down, here's a first look at the vibrant new space. The restaurant, which plans to open Dec. 30, will focus on the cuisine of Donna's heritage, the Piedmont region of Italy, with an emphasis on wine, cheeses, wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas and salumi.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:52

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100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Estadio

Written by By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Cynthia Hacinli, Washingtonian

The hams curing above the bar and heavy, ornately carved chairs feel straight out of old Madrid—like the kind of place where you can kick back over garlicky shrimp and oil-slicked Marcona almonds. You can do those things here, but much of Haidar Karoum's menu flouts expectations. Manchego turns up in a satiny cheesecake, while piquillo peppers add contrast to a crispy pork-belly sandwich ...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:40

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100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Graffiato

Written by Cynthia Hacinli, Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Washingtonian

Mike Isabella, with his brash, Top Chef-branded "Jersey Mike" persona and pizza-cutter tattoo, isn't the likeliest candidate for getting veggie-haters to eat their Brussels sprouts. But his roasted, maple-sauced beauties set atop a slick of Greek yogurt could make converts of even the most skeptical. So, too, a dish of roasted cauliflower with pecorino and mint or of beets with ricotta and orange. Round out the array of sharable plates at this thunderously loud Italian joint in the shadow of the Verizon Center with rich pastas and heftier meat dishes ...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:21

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100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Boqueria

Written by By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Cynthia Hacinli, Washingtonian

It was a gutsy move for this Manhattan tapas bar to make its way to Washington, an already small-plates-mad town. Turns out that keeping the earth-toned dining rooms and Carrera-marble bar loud and crowded wasn't a problem. And not just for the myriad sangrías—we like the rum-spiked white variety—and Spanish wines. The kitchen sends out fine renditions of familiar fare, such as a skillet of shrimp sizzling in olive oil and shavings of garlic or spicy patatas bravas mellowed with aïoli ...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:44

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100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Bibiana

Written by By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Cynthia Hacinli, Washingtonian

It's got the look of a mover-and-shaker: sculptural chandeliers, a stylish crowd, a floating chain-mail wall. But Ashok Bajaj's modern Italian dining room has a rustic soul. Chef Nick Stefanelli, who has worked under Roberto Donna and Fabio Trabocchi, is at his best reinterpreting robust plates with his own elegant spin. Pastas are hand-rolled and delicate, and desserts are surprisingly inventive while still thoroughly Italian...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:03

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100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Fiola (No. 4)

Written by By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Cynthia Hacinli, Washingtonian

Restaurants often evolve in one of two ways: downhill slow or downhill fast. Rare is the place that can withstand the forces of decline. Rarer still is the place that actually matures and improves. A mild disappointment when it opened in 2011 after Fabio Trabocchi—who commanded the kitchen at Maestro, the area's best restaurant in the mid-aughts—returned from a sabbatical in New York, today Fiola is the restaurant the James Beard Award-winning chef envisioned ...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:42

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100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Zaytinya (No. 9)

Written by By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Cynthia Hacinli, Washingtonian

A retooled Minibar and Jaleo—two other stars in restaurateur José Andrés's ever-expanding culinary constellation—may be getting all the buzz, but this stark white, sprawling ode to Levantine and Greek fare holds its own with a prodigious array of olive-oil-perfumed mezze. You could dine daily for a couple of weeks without repeating a single dish...

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Thursday, 19 February 2009 02:24

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Bar Reviews: 2 Amys

Written by Staff, Washingtonian

This always-jammed Cleveland Park pizzeria is known more as a hangout for squirmy five-year-olds and their parents than for bargoers. But at night the tiny back bar is arm-to-arm full, and during the day, when the place quiets down, it’s a nice respite for an afternoon snack. Start with a plate of paper-thin lomo (cured pork loin) or ...

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Monday, 19 August 2013 02:00

EDITORIAL REVIEW

Cheap Eats 2013: Café Divan

Written by By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel, Washingtonian

This sleek Georgetown mezzeteria excels at all the Turkish standards: the feta-stuffed pastries called sigara borek, fabulous döner kebabs, and on Thursdays, tender slices from a whole, wood-fired lamb. On the vegetarian side, the bowls of smoky hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and robust pides—oblong-flatbreads loaded with toppings such as feta and an egg—make nice shares.

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